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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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CSMA showcases talent at open house


Apala Egan/Special to the Town Crier
CSMA officials – from left, Executive Director Vickie Scott Grove, Board Chairwoman Debra Summers and Art Director Linda Covello – were on hand to greet visitors at the open house.

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View showcased its exhibitions and music and art courses at an open house last month.

Tessie Barrera-Scharaga’s installation sculpture, “Cartography of Longing,” is on display through Sept. 29 in CSMA’s Mohr Gallery. Her pieces incorporate paintings on canvas, found objects, books, poems and fabric. A child of immigrants, Barrera-Scharaga said she felt like an outsider growing up and found solace in books, particularly in the writings of Salvadoran poets. Poetry is a recurring theme in her art.

“This is the caliber of artists we hire to teach our students,” said CSMA Executive Director Vickie Scott Grove of Barrera-Scharaga, who is teaching at a local elementary school this semester where her students are those with special needs.

CSMA offers art and music classes for all ages, from toddlers to adults.

Sticks, shells and rocks lay scattered around a table in the preschool room. Lena Boot, a preschool art teacher, showed a child’s artwork, created on the spur of the moment, to open house attendees.

“Look at that tortoise he designed with an oversized shell as the body and tiny shells as legs,” she said, lifting the rock from the table. “Before plastic, there were stones and shells. An important feature is heft. When a child picks up a big shell or stone, it has weight. Many plastic toys don’t have that kind of weight or feel.”

In addition to its on-site art and music courses and lessons, CSMA serves 31 schools in the Bay Area. Trained teachers, all skilled musicians and artists, conduct classes whose lessons are incorporated into the schools’ curricula.

In Los Altos, CSMA provides music lessons at Almond School and art lessons at Springer School. After-school art clubs are available at Covington, Loyola, Oak, Springer and Almond schools.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, appeared at the open house to emphasize the need for arts education.

“We are in a valley known worldwide as the center of creativity,” he said.

The open house highlighted upcoming events, including the launch of the annual CSMA Community Concert Series, scheduled 2 p.m. Oct. 20, featuring Native American dance and music.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit arts4all.org.

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